Advanced Manufacturing

This isn’t the production line technology of your grandparents or your parents – these are cutting-edge careers using 3-D models, computer simulations, software development and more.

Possible career paths include:

  • Assemblers & Fabricators 
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator 
  • Grinding & Polishing Workers 
  • Inspectors
  • Machine Operator 
  • Production Workers
  • Tool & Die Makers 
  • Welders, Cutters, Solderers & Brazers 

Learn about Ferris State University's Welding Program.


Rebekka Neumann

Advanced manufacturing careers mean success:
Rebekka Neumann, Mechatronics Apprentice

Rebekka Neumann liked to take things apart and rebuild them from an early age. But it wasn’t until she joined her high school’s robotics team that she really knew she’d make a career in the manufacturing field.

Now she’s part of the first class of the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT²) Program graduates. MAT² engages students in high-tech fields such as mechatronics and computer numerical controlled manufacturing, while working at a sponsoring company. Rebekka graduated without any tuition debt as her employer paid her to work and go to school. She graduated with an Associates of Applied Science as well as other certifications.

Rebekka is now working full time for EMAG LLC in Farmington Hills, a builder of machine tools. As part of her MAT² training, she mastered a combination of electrical, mechanical, and electronic skills used to identify, analyze, and solve systems-based problems. Rebekka was named by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers as one of “30 under 30” Rising Stars of Manufacturing.

Did You KnowManufacturing is a vital part of the Michigan economy. Over 600,000 workers are employed in the Manufacturing cluster.

The manufacturing cluster has an average weekly wage of $1,276 is above Michigan’s average wage of $1,006.

Production occupations are projected to have more than 48,000 openings annually through 2026.

29.3 percent of manufacturing employment in the state is related to automotive manufacturing.

11.7 percent of manufacturing employment in the state is related to chemical product manufacturing.

7.5 percent of manufacturing employment in the state is related to the manufacturing of food and beverage products.

Manufacturting Day Logo Michigan Manufacturers celebrated the companies and the careers that drive the industry on October 4, 2019Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Companies around Michigan hosted events to introduce students and educators to the opportunities available in the industry.

Manufacturing Best Practice

Northwest Community Schools integrate concepts of manufacturing and engineering.

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Manufacturing Skilled Trades Tour

Take an Advanced Manufacturing Skilled Trades tour with Tom Daldin at FANUC America Corporation.

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Manufacturing Skilled Trades Tour & FAQ

Take a Manufacturing Skilled Trades tour with Tom Daldin at DeWys Manufacturing.

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Careers for Kids

Tom Daldin talks to children about early curiosities and Skilled Trade jobs in Michigan.

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Post-Secondary Education Opportunities

Educational institutions that offer Skilled Trades training and programs.

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